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Becoming a Writer has ratings and reviews. Daniel said: Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?I g. A reissue of a classic work published in on writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea. In that post I mentioned Dorothea Brande’s excellent book, Becoming a Writer, and, having discovered I had never actually reviewed this.

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Ok, can I say how much I liked this book? There are a dozen reasons for the difficulty which should be canvassed before the teacher is entitled to say that he can see no signs of hope for this pupil.

So, why am I bringing to your attention yet another book, causing you further anxiety of deciding in which of the hundreds of volumes you should invest your valuable time and energy, let alone money?

Becoming a Writer is unlike any other writing book on the market today.

As I haven’t tried her techniques yet, I can’t speak to how successful they will be for me, but they certainly appear sound: But it is possible to make either typing or writing by hand second nature, so that muscular strain will not slow you down or keep you from writing.

Brande talks about the artistic temperament, and the beclming to cultivate spontaneity, and innocence of eye, as well as the ability to respond freshly aa quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new, and to see “traits and characteristics as though each brand new-minted from the hand of God”.

As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting. But I will quote a short statement taken from the back of the copy I picked up, second hand, for less than the price of a coffee.

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I follow Brandt’s precepts.

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It will quiver and wince and run to cover, and you will have doorthea in luring it out again to observe and weave tales and find words for all the thousand shades of feeling which go to make up a story. Dorothea Brande breaks down the creative process into two parts: To learn from the great masters one must read their works once for pleasure and then reread them again, this time with a critical eye so we can see becomnig clearly their beautiful creative patterns.

When I first read this book, my writing life was way out of balance, so this was a life-changer. This book provides that key.

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Gardner may have had noteworthy things to say about the art of writing elsewhere, but here he doesn’t add much, I’m sorry to say. However convenient the machine may be, there is no doubt about the muscular strain involved in typewriting; let any author tell you of rising stiff and aching from a long session. Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?

Last of all you must have faith, or the curiosity, to take one odd piece of advice which will be unlike any of the exhortations that have come your way in classrooms or in textbooks. Act as if it were impossible to fail. But good advice is good advice.

The Four Difficulties of Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

I recommend it unreservedly to all those who take seriously the complex, wonderful, frustrating, creative, stimulating and rewarding art and craft of writing. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. What courage they installed in me, when I first read them!

Becomlng, I did have to look up who Kathleen Norris was, but she’s the exception. Write about anything and whatever comes to mind. Four stars for content, and the fifth star for renewal of hope.


I know it can only bring positive change into my life. Not anything before breakfast. Jul 03, Brent rated it really liked it Shelves: Worse, I’ve been led to believe that writers are born, not made, and that the great writers I’ve known were geniuses who beocming been gifted with this rare ability to write well with ease and spontaneity.

Without Brande I doubt I would ever have started. It will renew your creativity, and help you remember why creating is worth confronting those fears and insecurities. An accomplished stylist in her own right, Brande hits a rhetorical sweet-spot between sympathetic nurturer and uncompromising drill sergeant.

This book will show you how. Second, and far more often than the layman would believe, there is the writer who has had an early success but is unable to repeat it. I suspect that every teacher hears the same complaints, but that, being seldom a practicing author, he tends to dismiss them as out of his field, or to see in them evidence that the troubled student has not the true vocation.

There is not much to be said for the recommendation, so often heard, to serve an apprenticeship to journalism if you intend to write fiction. This is a book that aspiring writers must read to achieve the magic that gets those words on paper.

Writer’s Block; What’s That? The teacher-consultant must form a definite idea of the root of the trouble and give counsel accordingly. References to this book Small-Scale Research: It’s just a question of finding the “writer’s magic”–a degree of which is in us all.